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Kris Kristofferson - All Time Greatest Hits

Kris KristoffersonAudio CD
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Kris Kristofferson returns to the essentials of his finely honed craft on his New West album Closer to the Bone. Like the master singer-songwriter’s 2006 New West bow This Old Road, the new album is produced by Grammy Award winner Don Was. The previous collection – Kristofferson’s first recording in almost a dozen years – was hailed by critics ... Read more in Amazon's Kris Kristofferson Store

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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • ASIN: B00005O6HR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,505 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Me And Bobby McGee
2. Help Me Make It Through The Night
3. Casey's Last Ride
4. Darbys Castle
5. For THe GOod Times
6. Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
7. Jody And The Kid
8. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)
9. The Taker
10. Josie
11. Jesus Was A Capricorn
12. Nobody Wins
13. Why Me
14. I'd Rater Be Sorry
15. Stranger
16. How Do You Feel About Foolin' Around
17. Come Sundown
18. Once More With Feeling

Editorial Reviews

His most complete single-disc collection available! Among the 18 tracks are his own biggest hits- Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again); Why Me; Josie -and his original versions of Me and Bobby McGee; Help Me Make It Through the Night; For the Good Times; Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down , and more.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ageless songs, done with feeling February 11, 2004
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Kristofferson's delivery of his classic compositions sounds intensely personal yet universal at the same time. Most of these tracks come from his debut album: Me And Bobby McGee that was covered by Janis Joplin and Gordon Lightfoot amongst others, the romantic masterpieces Help Me Make It Through The Night and For The Good Times that have seen umpteen cover versions and the glorious Sunday Morning Coming Down that has also been interpret by a vast array of singers. The lugubrious songs Casey's Last Ride and Darby's Castle are less famous but equally moving.
There is also his later country-gospel classic Why Me that spent ages on the US charts and the beautiful ballad with Rita Coolidge, I'd Rather Be Sorry. My other favourites include Jesus Was A Capricorn and Loving Her Was Easier. Kristofferson's limited vocal range and talking style ensured that other artists made hits of his compositions, but his earthy tones have a charm of their own, while his tales of losers came long before Tom Waits. This is a great album if you're into authentic rebel country and singer/songwriter folk music. All Time Greatest Hits is a classic of ageless songs, done with feeling.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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As such a consistently successful songwriter, and a sporadically successful performer, Kristofferson's "Greatest Hits" necessarily mixes his own few chart entries with his original versions of songs made famous by the talent of others (450 and counting!). But even as Ray Stevens, Roger Miller, Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, Ray Price, Sammi Smith, and Willie Nelson took his songs up the charts, it was Kristofferson's unique lyrical voice that provided the fuel, and that lyrical voice is never heard more clearly than in his own recordings.
Among the eighteen tracks are three of Kristofferson's own hits, "Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)," "Josie" and "Why Me" (his only #1 as performer). Also included are numerous roughly voiced originals of songs popularized by others. His LP debut take of "Me and Bobby McGee," shows off the weary, hobo flavor missing from Joplin's later hippies-on-the-road reading. Similarly, the cracking vocal and occasional flat note of "Help Me Make It Through the Night" reveals a desperation unmatched by the many subsequent covers.
A career as prosperous as Kristofferson's can't possibly be covered in a mere eighteen tracks. This is further complicated (on an album of the songwriter's performances) by songs he wrote but never released on his own. Early titles like "Viet Nam Blues" (Dave Dudley) and "Your Time's Comin'" (Faron Young) seem to be missing from Kristofferson's performance catalog, and though he recorded "Please Don't Tell Me How It Ends" (a hit for Ronnie Milsap), it doesn't appear here.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding songwriter sings with conviction September 26, 2003
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Kris was never blessed with a great singing voice but his voice is good enough on his own songs, which he sings with a conviction and honesty sometimes (but not always) lacking in cover versions by others. In that way, he may be compared with Bob Dylan, another outstanding songwriter with vocal limitations. As somebody who regards the human voice as the most important musical instrument of all, I cannot say that Kris is one of my favorite singers, but he has just enough to make me want to listen to his music every now and again. Perhaps it is the desperation with which he sings Help me make it through the night, or his attempt to find spiritual answers in Why me lord.
So on this compilation you will find his original recordings of songs that have become classics across several different genres of music, including pop, rock, country, soul, R+B and reggae. The most successful song of all is Help me make it through the night, which has charted for several different singers. Sammi Smith was first, selling two million copies in the USA, topping the country charts and reaching the top ten in the pop charts. John Holt, a fine reggae singer, took it high up the British charts. Another popular song, For the good times, was a country hit for Ray Price and a pop hit for Perry Como. Among the other singers who have been successful with his songs are Janis Joplin (Me and Bobby McGhee), Johnny Cash (Sunday morning coming down), Waylon Jennings (The taker) and Brenda Lee (Nobody wins), but this is by no means a complete list.
This, then, is a fine collection of music by an outstanding songwriter who, despite his vocal limitations, is worth an occasional listen.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This CD July 27, 2005
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I bought this CD for the "Lord Help Me Jesus" track (which I love), but discovered I also love many of the other tracks. I really love this CD!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ageless classics by a classic artist June 3, 2006
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If singer-songwriter-actor Kris Kristofferson has been underrated as a singer, he's been compensated as a master lyricist with words that resonate, and some of the tracks on this 18-disc CD serve up ample justification. In this compilation, though, Kristofferson sings his own songs that were a springboard to gold status for other singers. Among them: the Janis Joplin-ID'd but Kristofferson-penned "Me and Bobby McGee;" "Help Me Make It Through The Night," a million-seller for the late Sammi Smith; "For the Good Times," a comeback hit for Ray Price; and "Nobody Wins," a song of love that has died and its injured left with nothing but the challenge to move on (and never performed with such stirring feeling than by Lynn Anderson). Along with those, Kristofferson unleashes the song that garnered him his first public acknowledgement as a writer, "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," first performed (and probably never since topped) by the late Johnny Cash, and another of his own mega-hits, "Why Me." As a performer, Kristofferson may never have been afforded his appropriate due - and that's unfortunate. As a writer, though, there's little room to argue that he deservantly is revered as one of his industry's most gifted artists. And having his voice behind his powerful words makes this CD a worthy buy and listen, and it begs the question how its author can feel so much. Kristofferson, truly an amazing and powerfully moving force.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kris
I bought it for one song to play at a funeral. "Why Me" has always been a favorite of mine..
Published 1 month ago by Jody Henson
5.0 out of 5 stars Kris Kristofferson - The Best
I cannot believe I have only just discovered this artist. Of course I knew of him, but was totally unaware that he had written these songs, I love his gravelly voice especially... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Helen Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best songwriters of the century!
Come on, it's Kris, for Krist's sake! Me and Bobby Magee???? Iconic classic songs, coupled with the co-writing of the late great Shel Silverstein. What a combination!
Published 8 months ago by Jan S. Erdman
4.0 out of 5 stars Kris Kristofferson CD is a hit
We enjoy the talents and songs of Kris Kristofferson. This was purchased solely for his song, Why Me Lord but we are enjoying the whole CD.
Published 12 months ago by Paula J. Eden
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine selection of his work
Not a great fan but chose this cd for a couple of tracks I am well pleased with, cd in good otder and prompt delivery
Published 14 months ago by Lorialea
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
This was a gift, and it was a big hit. Everything from price to efficiency was excellent. The product arrived in good condition.
Published 20 months ago by Barbara Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy
Good and Very Fast service. CD is wonderful and just like new. I will certainly order from this vendor again.
Published on September 5, 2011 by AnnE
5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased.
my wife was very happy to get this cd, she didn't think it was still available.
Published on October 21, 2010 by basmaster01
3.0 out of 5 stars Silver-Tongued Devil Strikes it Rich
When the time comes ya gotta get drunk and cry about how bad life sucks, ain't nobody better to listen to.
Published on March 9, 2010 by lloydo
5.0 out of 5 stars Kristofferson
Great music, words and don't forget the unique gravel voice that is Kristofferson's trademark. The lyrics are amazing and describe situations that all too often we all have found... Read more
Published on October 5, 2007 by yukon
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